What really connects you to your audience (be real)

I want to tell you a little story about tea and how it reminded me I don't need to waste my time being someone I'm not on video.

It all started when my sister had me taste this one tea that I'm now OBSESSED with. This tea tastes and smells like Christmas. #nojoke

I thought this was the best tea in the whole wide world--and believed everyone would agree with me. So naturally, I gave it away as Christmas presents last year. Well, imagine my surprise when some people didn't like it! 

As bizarre as this sounds, it really reminded why being real on camera and being myself is the way to go in order to connect with the right audience.

I explain more in today's video. Check it out and let let know what you think.

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3 Tips to RELAX On Camera

I once had a client that was so nervous for an on camera interview. I mean, nervous is an understatement. Finally, we decided to have her drink a glass of wine to help her relax. She drank several.

Yeah, things got...interesting after that.

Don't get me wrong, she did loosen up and share what she needed, but I don't think the interview was a funny as she led on. #gigglesfordays

On camera speaking can be tense and nerve wracking, but there are ways to loosen and enjoy the process. No, I'm not going to suggest you uncork a cab, but the tips I have will help you relax. In this week's video i share three tips to help relax when speaking on camera.

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iPhone vs Camera (PART 3)

Earlier this year director Steven Soderbergh  released, Unsane, movie shot entirely on iPhones.

This isn't the first film to be shot entirely on iPhones, but I bring this up because if entire feature length films are being shot with smartphones you can totally record a few minutes of valuable information for your audience. So what's holding you back? Whatever it is, I'm here to help so please let me know.

In this week's video we are covering a couple more differences between recording videos with an iPhone vs a camera. I also share a little more on what Mr. Soderbergh used to shoot his movie and how you can use the same for your videos.

Also, I have something new coming very soon, so be on the look out for my emails and more details. I don't want to give away too much right now, but just know it's all designed to step up your video game whether you've started making videos or not. Be. Excited.

Oh and if you missed the other installments to this series, check them out here and here.

iPhone vs Camera (PART 2)

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my vlog. I love you already. Well, OK, that's over the top, but really I think you're awesome. Because if you're here you've either considered or are currently creating your own videos. Yaaaaas!!!

You know the importance of video. I don't have to convince you of that. So if you haven't started creating videos that can only mean you're undecided on what equipment to use or where to get started. Well, I'm here to help you with that.

Let's start with the camera. This week I'm sharing my second installment in a series of videos comparing the iPhone 8 plus and my Canon DSLR. It's all to give you an understanding of what you can do with either option so you can start making your own videos and sharing your valuable message to your audience. Check it out and let me know what you think.

See you in front of the camera,

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How to gather topic ideas for your vlog

So I recently put the question out on my Instagram and Facebook page: what is a major challenge you have when it comes to creating your own videos? The over whelming response was "I don't know what topics to cover."  I can totally relate because I had the same challenge. Heck I still have that challenge some times, but I like it because it forces me to think and get creative.

The reality is hundreds of thousands of individuals and professionals are sharing at least one video a week online--so you can, too. In this week's video, I share four simple tips that'll help you gather topics for your vlog.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Why taking a break is important

This week's video is about taking a break--and I soooo did not want to share it. Why? Well, I was afraid you'd think of me as lazy or not a hard worker :-/. I admit, I'm a recovering perfectionist. It's crazy what we tell ourselves--like rest is bad and will make you seem weak, for example. *eye roll* 

The reality is running your own business is a lot of hard work. And sometimes you feel like no matter how much you get done there's always more to do. But rest is exactly what we need to come back focused, stronger and more efficient in our work.
In this week's video, I share my thoughts on taking a break from work, a couple things I do to unwind, and several books that have helped me work toward a better balance between work and rest. You'll also see I used a different setup for this video, which I really liked because it has a more intimate feel. Don't be afraid to try something new and different.

Check it out, let me know what you think and let me know what you do to rest.

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Three tips to start on-camera speaking right now

"I feel like I need to get more comfortable."
"I feel uncomfortable with hearing myself on video."
"I'm afraid of not sounding professional."

These are real life reasons I've received from entrepreneurs to explain why they have not started using video. I can totally relate to these excuses because I was there. I used to be very apprehensive about speaking on camera--and news flash, I was terrible when I first started! But I KNEW I had valuable information to share with entrepreneurs online. So...I started making videos.

Here's that truth: You have a valuable message for your audience, too. And while you may be using others forms of communication, the effectiveness of video can raise your results to another level.

So I want you to get started with on-camera speaking right now. To help you with that, this week's video shares three tips to get you started right away.

Check it out and let me know how you're on-camera speaking journey unfolds.

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How to best use natural lighting for your videos

I'm sure you don't pay too much mind to lighting on any given day, but when it comes to video, lighting is a crucial component to to creating quality videos.

Seriously, it can be the difference between you looking great and....well, not so great.

So does that mean you mean to get expensive lighting equipment to create your videos?

No. You don't.

I'm all about making polished videos.

But I don't believe you have to break the bank to do it. As a matter of fact, you can do quite a lot with natural lighting.

In this week's video I will illuminate your understanding of video. See what I did there. :-p

Smartphone vs Camera: Which should you use?

Cats or Dogs?
Mustard or Ketchup?
Star Wars or Star Trek?

Some binary options are easily chosen. Clearly the answers are dogs, ketchup and definitely Star Trek. :-p

But there are other choices that aren't as easy. Say, for the example, using your smartphone or a camera to record your own videos. They are both great options, so here are a couple differences between the two to help you decide and get going with your videos. Which do you prefer?

When recording this video I found there's a lot more information I can cover. So be on the look out for a second installment in the near future. :-)

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How to keep looking into the lens when on camera speaking

Imagine having a conversation with somebody in person and they are never making
eye contact with you. They're just looking slightly away from you the whole time

yet they're talking to you and trying to be engaged with you, that would be kind of
weird and awkward, right? Well, the same idea applies when you're speaking on
camera to your audience. You are looking somewhere away from the lens and you're trying to connect with them and all they say are your eyes somewhere else as opposed to looking into their eyes through the lens.

I find it very important especially if you're trying to
connect with your audience.

So, here are a couple of tips you can apply to make sure that you keep your gaze into that lens.

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